Friday’s 7,544/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On June 24

Newmarket stage a competitive seven-race card on Friday.Newmarket stage a competitive seven-race card on Friday.

Horse Racing Tips on Friday, June 24

There are seven meetings spread across Britain and Ireland on Friday June 24th, with the action coming from Cartmel, Chester, Doncaster, Newcastle, Newmarket, Yarmouth and the Curragh. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Friday Lucky 15.

Count D’orsay (6:35 Newcastle)

Although he finished seventh in last season’s Gosforth Park Cup, COUNT D’ORSAY looks weighted to go even closer twelve months on, and now finds himself 5lb lower than when beaten just two lengths in last year’s renewal. 

Rated 95, Tim Easterby’s charge has certainly found winning difficult in his most recent outings, however, the six-year-old has shown some useful form in some top sprint handicaps and is a very capable performer on his day. Placed in Listed company last season at Haydock, Count D’orsay went on to run a huge race in the Group 3 Coral Charge at Sandown and the valuable Class 2 Portland Handicap at Doncaster off much higher marks. 

Count D’orsay should get a strong pace to aim at with confirmed pacesetters Intrinsic Bond and Dakota Gold in the line-up on Friday, and connections will be confident that the six-year-old can belatedly return to winning ways here. 

Count D’orsay (centre) can return to the winner’s enclosure on Friday night.

Gear Up (6:43 Curragh)

Although he will have the stamina to prove on his first start at 1m6f, GEAR UP could relish the step up in trip on Friday evening and after making most of a golden opportunity at Gowran Park earlier this month, Joseph O’Brien’s charge could well double up here in the Group 2 Curragh Cup.

Formerly trained in Britain by Mark Johnston, the Teofilo colt won three of his four starts as a juvenile including the Group 3 Acomb at York and notably the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Unable to make an impact in his four starts during his 3yo campaign, Gear Up made an eye-catching debut for Joseph O’Brien at the Curragh following a 276-day break on his first start on Irish soil. Fourth in the Group 3 Alleged Stakes on that occasion, Gear Up met plenty of interference during the ten-furlong contest and certainly finished with plenty of running left as she crossed the line.

Below his best on his penultimate start in the Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes over the same course and distance, the four-year-old colt bounced back to winning ways with a comfortable victory in a minor event at Gowran Park just twelve days ago. The step up to 1m6f on Friday does pose a slight question mark, however, given he won his only Group 1 on heavy ground over 1m2f as a juvenile, the new trip should be within his range and there should be plenty more to come from the son of Teofilo as the season unfolds.

Gear Up (gold cap) can land the Group 2 Curragh Cup on Friday evening.

Another Investment (7:35 Newmarket)

Trainer Nigel Tinkler is a rare visitor to Newmarket and sends just one runner on the 400-mile round trip on Friday evening in the shape of ANOTHER INVESTMENT. 

A surprise winner of a York novice on his final juvenile start last term, Another Investment has performed well since switching to handicaps this season as a three-year-old. Not far behind John & Thady Gosden’s well-regarded Kingman colt Samburu three starts back, Nigel Tinkler’s sprinter was desperately unlucky to be collared in the closing stages at Haydock on his following start when beaten just a short head at the line off a mark of 80. 

Pitched into an ultra-competitive Class 2 handicap at York when last seen, the three-year-old met plenty of interference throughout the six-furlong contest and whilst he ultimately finished seven lengths behind Clive Cox’s progressive sprinter Harry Three, he was far from disgraced on that occasion and would have finished a lot closer to those ahead if granted a clearer passage. 

Reverting back down to Class 4 company on Friday, Another Investment appears to have solid claims in this nine-runner contest and connections will be confident that the three-year-old can record his second career victory. 

Trainer Nigel Tinkler can score with his only runner at Newmarket on Friday.

Key Look (8:20 Newcastle)

Rated 59, course and distance winner KEY LOOK now finds herself 1lb lower than her last winning mark and will be expected to go close now returning to the all-weather surface on Friday. 

Despite failing to get her head in front for former trainer Kevin Frost, the five-year-old mare had no such issues in her opening season for Geoffrey Harker last term, winning handicap contests at Thirsk, Catterick and Newcastle over seven furlongs and a mile. 

Far from disgraced in her five starts this campaign, Key Look now drops back into a 0-60 contest for the first time this season and with a strong pace seemingly assured from the outset, Geoffrey Harker’s hold-up performer should have the race very much run to suit and is well worth supporting at double-figure odds under useful 5lb claimer Oisin McSweeney.